Summer storms: natural peril for sea turtles, shorebirds

A Bradenton Beach view of rain showers over the Gulf of Mexico. Islander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield

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Passage key plays part in possible homicide

Passage Key (white sand) is viewed to the north of Anna Maria Island and south of Egmont Key. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

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Mirror images

Marcia Haver of Mansfield, Ohio, wins this week’s Top Notch judging with her photograph of white pelicans on Sarasota Bay in February. Haver wins an Islander “More-Than-a-Mullet-Wrapper” T-shirt and entry in the newspaper’s grand-prize Top Notch contest. A grand prize …

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All-American July 4 Parade on AMI

The Anna Maria Island Privateers show their colors in their annual July 4 parade. Click here for more …

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Lemonade for lemon-aid

Tony Rappold, 11, opens his lemonade stand June 25 with friend Jack Love, 8, left, and sister Jackie Rappold, 7, right, on Key Royale near Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. The trio made hand-squeezed lemonade for customers and donated their …

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Sea turtle saved by Coast Guard, treated by Mote

A U.S. Coast Guard crew serving at Station Cortez load an injured loggerhead turtle found offshore on a stretcher June 15 for a ride to Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota for treatment at Mote’s sea turtle hospital. See more: Page …

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Digging in for digital service

A groundbreaking takes place June 12 for the long-awaited Bradenton Beach cell tower near the city’s public works facility, 400 Church Ave. Those who attended are, from left, Jim Eatrides of Alpha-Omega Communications, Commissioner Jan Vosburgh, Mayor Bill Shearon, Shearon’s …

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Congratulations, AME 2014 grads!

Anna Maria Elementary fifth-graders pose for a photo at the BeacHhouse following a June 3 graduate luncheon. Islander Photo: Karen Riley Love / RileyLovePhotography.com click here for more on AME graduation

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Bid protest holds up Bridge Street pier project

Nathan Briggs and James Reed, both of Mississippi, fish from the Historic Bridge Street Pier May 30. Reed, a teacher, said he comes to Anna Maria Island every year for summer vacation. He said he hopes to use the reconstructed …

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CHECK OUT THE ISLANDER STORM AVENGER SECTION THIS WEEK – prepare your family, home and boat in the event of a major storm event.

A boat batters the Historic Bridge Street Pier during the passage of Tropical Storm Debby in the Gulf of Mexico in July 2012. Nine boats broke anchor nearby and crashed into the city pier, which suffered substantial damage. Islander File …

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